Thanks for your understanding when I am missing in action. I have been busy with my home and husband for the past few days. He is gone for weeks at a time, so when he is home he gets my full attention. We all agree, Family First. Thank you.
Today I am joining Rory Bore for her weekly Coffee Chat. This week, Ms. Rory Bore has asked us the question, “Would you rather?” We are to ask any question, such as: “Would you rather sleep in a five star hotel or sleep under the stars?” Then we are to answer our question, and invite others to join in by answering in the comments section. Several things came to my mind.
We are often told that the steps we, as a society, take in technology are designed to make life easier. It can change lives. It can even save lives. Technology can get us where we need to go safely. It can help even predict storms and other natural disasters, making life safer. However, it seems that the fast pace of technology often creates more stress.
The merchandise scanning that stores use was initially supposed to assist in speedy check outs. Somehow, we lost the baggers in that deal, and sometimes even the cashier! We now have the alleged option of self-checkouts. Lines are still long and customer service is worse than ever. Unfortunately, scanning doesn’t always work, either. So, is any of this really easier for us?
Business has benefited from the abilities the computer has to offer. Scanning and sending documents has sped up the processing of a great variety of forms, resumes, and paperwork. Many of us have also cut down on personal paperwork through the wonders of this technology.
The technology of computers is beyond what most of us will ever understand. Devices, programs, and updates are endless. With every new idea, new process, new download, there are new computer viruses, security breaches, and constant identity/personal threats.
Social media is a blessing and a curse, too. We used to write letters, send cards, or call our friends on the phone. Now we keep in touch through email, but also countless other social outlets. There is Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, foursquare, blogging, to name a very few. It seems there is no end to it. I really enjoy blogging, and sometimes Facebook. But, personally, I cannot keep up with all of the different medias. It is just too much, and too stressful.
This day and age in time seems to be limitless. There seems no end to the possibilities…or the stress. The fast pace of technology has increased the need for both immediate gratification and for constant entertainment. People rarely are without at least a "smart phone" of some sort.
Don't misunderstand, I am thankful for these cell phones. Email and texting with my husband is a blessing when he is on the road. I cannot help but wish for a more simple time, however, when he is home. The fast paced, demanding world of both need and greed keeps him on the road. It pays the bills, but there is an unseen cost that carries a high price. Again, another trade-off.
I think we have traded much of what made us human. This concerns me, as it happened so quickly and only increases in intensity with passing time. While technology has enhanced some human interaction, I think it may have cheapened it, too. The simple, basic human touch is almost gone. I fear we have lost much of our innate sensitivity to the computer screen. The emotion behind the screen is intangible. For me, there is no substitute for a kiss, a hug, or even a handwritten card.
There are many pros and cons of technology today. I am thankful for them, but feel ruled by them to an extent. Sometimes I wish it were simpler. With these things in mind, I ask: “Would you rather live in today’s age of technology, or in a “simpler” time in history?”